Revolution Review: Why The Lights Turned Off

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The cause of the blackout, it’s an answer we’ve all been waiting for since Revolution’s premiere - and "The Song Remains the Same" provided it.

Charlie Is Unhappy

The Virus Flynn unleashed on the terrorist encampment is to blame, as these tiny, self-replicating devices float in the air and only absorb electricity. It’s slightly disconcerting that an answer of such magnitude wasn’t treated with any kind of grandeur, but the reveal was also indicative of Revolution as a series: instead of posing supposed answers that are really just masked questions, actual answers are given. It’s a refreshing take on the usual genre staples.

It turns out the biggest story was just how much everyone hates Neville. It’s, chilling just how far Tom is willing to go to save his own hide. He’s okay using Jason’s feelings toward his mother against him and it’s good to know Jason has begun waking up to his father’s deceptions; however, Tom’s conversation with Jason did reveal how he views his place in the post blackout world: the weak are killed.

Tom’s penchant for violence and deception was particularly frightening when we saw glimpses to his past self. Compare his enjoyment of Lionel Richie in the truck before getting captured with the man who escaped from the rebels with a nail and a prayer against the father. He’s a man who has shed almost every last scrap of his humanity in order to survive. He’s willing to use his son’s life - and it’s highly probable he’s willing to use Julia’s life now that they too are on the run.

As for Jason, he really blossomed for me as a character tonight. He has a purpose and is able to follow his morality with the rebels, two things he could not do when he was part of the militia. But his exchange with Tom makes one thing clear: he’s a lot like his father. Jason uses his dad’s own tactics against him to extract information about where he was heading. Tom should be proud.

Rachel, meanwhile, is not content with the idea that Monroe might have his hands on a nuke. She set off with Aaron to The Tower to hopefully turn the power back on for everyone. But not before telling Miles to take care of Charlie... and not before Miles plants a passionate kiss on her... because this installment wasn’t packed with enough story already.

Rachel continues to surprise me. Sometimes she’s only acting to protect her children, and sometimes she bases all her decisions on the greater good. She’s willing to leave Charlie, right after she’s started to reconnect with her, to go on a suicide mission.

The saddest part of all is Rachel has no expectations of actually making it back, but she’s going anyway. She walks a fine line between being selfish for family and being a martyr for the greater good.

Two More Thoughts:

  1. The device Rachel stored in Danny’s body – a possible “antidote” for the virus?
  2. I highly doubt Flynn wants to be Monroe’d lackey. Tom and Julia know Monroe is unstable, and Flynn probably does too. I’m betting he’s just biding his time and preparing to take over.


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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (68 Votes)

Really? Nanites? that magically facilitate the story and work only the way the
writers want them too? How on Earth did this thing get made in the first place?


@Michael Williams dude its a tv show, if every sci-fi/fantasy had to adhere to strick science either the shows would never air or be extremely boring.


Oh god this show is getting stupider and stupider. Rachel "knew" Tom will escape, yet they decided to tie him up so weakly that he can escape with a NAIL? I'm sorry but these rebels are incredibly stupid. When you have a prisoner like that, YOU MAKE SURE HIS ASS CAN'T GO ANYWHERE. And you do NOT leave an obvious nail on the floor. Gaawd.


So if they nanobots are absorbing electricity, how are people managing to stay alive? Isn't the human body run by electrical impulses? I've wondered that from the start. The answer is probably something like "they only affect current higher over a certain voltage threshold like 1V or 0.5V" (current in the human body is on the order of 0.01 to 0.1 volts).


So if they nanobots are absorbing electricity, how are people managing to stay alive? Isn't the human body run by electrical impulses?


Wow that episode had so many twists and turns I was left with my head all crazy.First off Rachel and Miles are steaming hot together.He has never shown that passion about anything,ever.It does seem that Charlie is his daughter ,but that's just guessing right now on my part.I know he deeply cares for Rachel especially since at the end he was tearing up at her leaving.I also am not happy about them being torn apart again.But that leaves Nora,who obviously loves Miles too and Emma the ex-fiancee in the promo.She hasn't gotten over him either judging by the looks of it.Which leaves the question just how many hearts did Miles break?


And obviously Miles is Charlie's father... But that was the best kiss EVER. Wow!


The face-off between Jason and Tom was awesome! Liked every bit of it. Great as usual were Miles, Rachel, Monroe and some really good lines. But I have to admit, the explanation was lame. Hope there's more to that. And I don't like AT ALL that Rachel and Miles are seperated again so soon.


I'm fine with the nanite thing. Who cares about the plausability of the science anyway? I'm just gald that the show is actually providing some in-season ANSWERS instead of the usual question after question that shows like "Lost" dished out for years. I would love to see the power turned back on and then see the show break-out into something completely new. Revolution is holding my interest in part because it is not following conventional formulas. I hope that continues.


Still haven't watched this episode, so I can't comment on that, but the thrid topic where Charlie doesn't see the big deal with the nuke might be justifyied that she doesn't even know what a nuke is and what it can do. But I too agree that the show is a bit silly, though the idea of the series is awesome, IMO

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Revolution Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Miles: If you go anywhere near him I will bash your little boy band face in.
Jason: What's a boy band?

Jason: I need to ask you something.
Tom: Go ahead.
Jason: What did I do wrong? I did everything you asked me to. I hurt people, killed people, for you, and you just look right through me. What more did you want from me?
Tom: You want to know the truth? It's a hard world. If you're weak, you're dead. I didn't want you to be like that. I didn't want to be like me, so I was hard on you, maybe too hard, but Jason I was always proud of you, I swear to God.
Jason: It's crap; you just want me to cut you loose. I know you too well.